When I first became aware of PC-PAL Solutions (almost 2-3 years ago), I couldn't justify buying it in the face of other initiatives with higher priorities. However, as we've laid some of those initiatives to rest, the need became even more pressing for anytime, anywhere learning. As such, I found myself reviewing several different solutions and options. While I began with online, web-based tutorials--like Atomic Learning and Learning.com--I quickly realized that because of the urban, low socio-economic situation of our population, such types of resources would not be effective...and price was a factor.
So, when the need arose for para-educators to have access to electronic tutorials with an assessment component, PC-PAL Solutions came to mind again. On investigation, this seemed the perfect fit. For the low start-up cost, as well as the minimal recurring cost, and a willingness of the vendor to convert their assessments to work with a learning management system, we decided to go ahead with purchase. The product is CD-based. To facilitate distribution of CDs to our population, my team suggested a NetFlix model. We called it "SchoolFlix," and it will be used as a way to deliver professional development via CD-ROM. This is a heck of a lot cheaper than duplicating packs of CD-ROMs and sending them out to each campus.
This podcast focuses in on their online assessment component and reporting capabilities. You can really drill down, and has the feel of an "assessment management" and curriculum management system. It's worth a look!